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4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season   

By Michael Lee

The holiday season is here. Busy calendars are already filling up with festive activities, celebrations and gatherings of families and friends. 

Improved economic conditions are expected to increase consumer spending. A recent national report shows that holiday shoppers plan to spend $1,440 for holiday expenses, and yet less than half plan to stick to a budget for holiday spending.[1]

‘Tis the season to shop and spend, but before you swipe that credit card—there are a few budgeting tips individuals and families should consider to ensure they manage their finances during the holiday rush.  

Sacramento’s Urban Core is a Festive & Fun Small Business Saturday Destination

Sacramento’s Urban Core is a Festive & Fun Small Business Saturday Destination

With a high concentration of locally-owned businesses filled with an amazing array of unique and treasured gift ideas, holiday shoppers are encouraged to visit Midtown, Downtown and Old Sacramento merchants during Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015.   In addition to the assortment of goods that can be found at local retailers, Sacramento’s urban core offers a festive and fun holiday destination to make the shopping experience both magical and memorable.

Listed below is a sampling of suggested holiday shopping stops in Midtown, Downtown and Old Sacramento plus a few uniquely Sacramento experiences to enjoy during Small Business Saturday and/or throughout the holiday season.

"Reverse" Bridal Expo Puts To-Be-Weds in Driver's Seat

"Reverse" Bridal Expo Puts To-Be-Weds in Driver's Seat

Bridal shows can be overwhelming - for the brides and grooms as well as the exhibitors.  Where do you start? Which booths do you visit? How do you get all of the information you need?

Now there is a bridal show that allows brides and grooms to stay in one place while the professionals come to them. The Reverse Bridal Expo is Sunday, November 29, 2015, at The Falls Event Center in Elk Grove.

Bridal Expo Producer Richard Markel came up with the idea when he attended a trade show as a buyer.  The system was set up for him to stay at a table and, through pre-set appoinments, the sellers came by and made their presentations to him.

Bridal Expo in Old Sacramento July 19

Bridal Expo in Old Sacramento July 19

Old Sacramento hosts more than 200 weddings a year, according to their Business Association, plus there are many wedding product offerings and scenic backdrops among its merchants.  It's only natural that a bridal show would be held there.  

Bridal Expo is Sunday, July 19, aboard the Delta King Hotel on Front Street in Old Sacramento.  The show hours are 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

This unique show includes a Treasure Hunt for wedding couples. They will find clues that will lead them from one spot to the other, until they find the Treasure - a honeymoon stay in Italy.

Wedding pros will be on hand to give the couples in-depth information to help them be better equipped to plan their weddings. Services and products represented include photography, videography, catering, venues, gowns, corsets, djs, music, florists, cakes, jewelry, beauty products and more.

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Furniture USA distributing 500 FREE sweatshirts on Thanksgiving Day

Furniture USA distributing 500 FREE sweatshirts on Thanksgiving Day

Furniture USA takes pride in its spirit of giving back to the community. For several years now, it has been growing and expanding that mission. This year, it is rolling out a "Kids Sweatshirt Event" on Thanksgiving night from 9pm to 12pm.

Furniture USA will distribute 500 FREE Handcuffs brand sweatshirts  to all the kids at the 6700 Mack Road location. Every child who visits the store with a parent will get one sweatshirt, no purchase necessary.

***You can check out the sweatshirts we are giving away by following this link. There are NO Furniture USA logos on the sweatshirts.

 

 

Arden Hills Recognized in Eight “Best Of” Categories During Annual Competition

Arden Hills Recognized in Eight “Best Of” Categories During Annual Competition

Arden Hills has been recognized in eight different categories during the 2013 “Best Of” competition presented by Sacramento magazine.  For the first time ever, Arden Hills won top honors in the coveted “Best Wedding Venue” category and also in the “Best Bed-and-Breakfast” category for the amazing and luxurious on-site Villas.  The Spa at Arden Hills was recognized as tops in the “Best Place to Get a Manicure/Pedicure,”  “Best Place to Get a Tan” and the “Best Place to Get a Massage” (tie) categories and was recognized in the “Best Place to Get Waxing Services.”  The Spa also continues its amazing nine-year run being recognized in the “Best Day Spa” category (eight years of which taking the top spot).  The cutting-edge Salon Cabochon is also trending nicely as it was recognized for the second year in a row in the “Best Salon” category.